The accrediting agencies require the assessment of Student Learning Outcomes. This is one area where reporting for colleges differs from high schools. Student learning outcomes (SLOs), while related to grades, are assessed separately. SLOs deal with skills, knowledge, or understanding that students should be able to do or demonstrate. It is expected that college students will be able to demonstrate higher order thinking (using Bloom’s Taxonomy as the model). To illustrate, in U.S. History it would be better if students could analyze the reasons for the American Civil War rather than simply memorize the Presidents’ names in order.
Keep in mind that the SLOs relate to the college’s academic Program Outcomes (see below). Student Learning Outcomes appear in your course syllabus). The primary way that we assess program outcomes is through the course-level SLOs.
Generally, the program outcomes your SLOs will relate to are discipline-related. For example, English and literature courses will mostly deal with program outcome 1 (communications); art and music will relate to program outcome 2 (humanities); and math courses will relate to program outcome 3 (mathematics). Character education/global citizenship related outcomes will be assessed in various courses. Other program outcomes will be assessed in courses particularly amenable to them, such as reading (primary sources) in history courses and speaking in foreign language courses.
Rubrics scale is based on a 4-level system. The general expectation remains that 80% of students will score at level 3, Competent, or 4, Mastery. Level 4 would include outstanding or excellent work. Level 3 would typically include good and above average work. Level 2 would apply to the low average range and also to deficient work and 1 should be used to state that the student failed.
The four levels for assessment are:
|Level 4- Mastery||Level 3 – Competency||Level 2 – Approaching Competency||Level 1-Beginning Competency|
Please complete a form for each SLO in your course. If you taught 2 or more sections of the same course, we are only requiring you to complete one report for one of your sections.
Make sure you enter PERCENTAGES at each level as described on the form. Round off to the nearest percent. Remember that level 3 is meeting the competency target, and level 4 is exceeding the target.
You will receive an emailed link with a customized entry form for SLOs in your course. Be prepared to enter percentages of students who hit each level.
Level 4 Mastery– Percent of students with Excellent/Very Good Achievement. Think of a grade of “A .”
Level 3 Competency -Percent of students with Good and Average Achievement. Think of a grade of “B” or “C.”
Level 2 Approaching Competency– Percent of students with Below Average Achievement. Think of a grade of “D.”.
Level 1 Beginning Competency– Percent of students who did not meet standard, did not complete or only met a small portion of the standard. Think of a grade of “F.”
Thank you for your help! Once you complete the form, the SLO data will go into a database.
Finally, the SLO reporting will be based on assignment or assignments you decide to assess, such as an exam, discussion postings, essay, etc. Again, the goal should be that 80% will score at the Competency or Mastery level (3 and 4).
You will receive a link to report your SLOs for one section of each course taught. If you course was taught in different delivery modes (Online, Hybrid, or Face to Face), you will complete one form per course delivery mode. As an example, an instructor teaching an Online as well as a Face to Face section of Introduction to Business will complete two forms.
If you taught two different courses you will complete one form per course.
In the form, you will enter data for what % of students in that section achieved mastery, competency, etc. You will also have the opportunity to explain how you are planning to use the results.
This reporting form will go into the College’s database, which is used for strategic planning, improving the academic program, and reporting to accreditation agencies.
COMMUNICATIONS: The student will demonstrate effective reading, writing, and speaking skills.
HUMANITIES: The student will demonstrate an understanding of humanities defining cultural trends throughout history by the study of art, literature, music, philosophy, and other forms of artistic and creative expression.
MATHEMATICS: The student will understand and apply mathematical principles and methods.
NATURAL SCIENCES: The student will apply the methods, principles, and concepts of the natural sciences.
SOCIAL SCIENCES: The student will examine human behavior and institutions from political, economic, historical, psychological, business, and sociological perspectives.
CRITICAL THINKING: The student will apply reflection, analysis, synthesis, logical reasoning, and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach decisions, and solve problems.
INFORMATION LITERACY: The student will find, evaluate, organize, and use information accurately and effectively.
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: The student will demonstrate an understanding of cultural, ethical, historical, and technological issues on human society, including cultural diversity, digital literacy, environmental awareness, and ethical decision-making.